Spine CT scan
What is MSCT spine scanning
Multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT scanning) is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to obtain horizontal or axial images of the body. The MSCT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including bones, muscles, fat and organs. MSCT images are more detailed than standard X-rays.
In standard X-rays, the rays are directed at the part of the body being studied. The plate behind the part of the body records the changes in the energy beam after it passes through the skin, bones, muscles and other tissue. Although much information can be obtained from a standard X-ray, many details about internal organs and other structures is not available.
In multi-slice computed tomography, the X-ray travels in a circle around the body. This allows for many different angles of view of organs or structures. X-ray information is sent to a computer that interprets the X-ray data and displays it in two-dimensional (2D) format on a monitor.
Multi-slice CT scanning can be done with or without contrast. Contrast refers to a substance that is taken orally or injected into an intravenous line so that a particular organ or tissue under study is more clearly visible.
CT scan of the spine
An MSCT spine scan can provide more detailed information about the vertebrae (spine bones) and other spinal structures and tissues than standard spinal X-rays, providing more information regarding spinal injuries and / or diseases.
Other related procedures that can be used to diagnose spinal problems include X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine, myelogram, and spinal scanning by emission tomography (PET).
CT scan of the cervical spine:
CT scan of the spine:
Anatomy of the spine
The spinal column is made up of 33 vertebrae that are separated by spongy disks and classified into distinct areas.
- The cervical area consists of seven vertebrae in the neck.
- The thoracic area consists of 12 vertebrae in the chest area.
- The lumbar area consists of five vertebrae in the lower back area.
- The sacrum has five, small fused vertebrae.
- The four coccygeal vertebrae fuse to form one bone, called the coccyx or tailbone.
The spinal cord, a major part of the central nervous system, is located in the vertebral canal and reaches from the base of the skull to the upper part of the lower back. The spinal cord is surrounded by the bones of the spine and a sac containing cerebrospinal fluid. The spinal cord carries sense and movement signals to and from the brain and controls many reflexes.
Reasons for MSCT spine scan
MSCT scan of the spine can be performed in case of suspicion of disc herniation, tumors and other injuries, extent of injuries, structural abnormalities of the spine (type of congenital spinal defect), blood vessel malformations, especially when another type of examination, such as X-ray or physical examination, is not decisive. Spinal MSCT can also be used to assess the effects of spinal treatment, after surgery or other therapy.
There may be other reasons why your doctor recommends an MSCT spine scan.
CT spine scan price
CT scan of the cervical spine price is 11,000 dinars, with a contrast agent 14,200 dinars.
CT scan of the thoracic spine price is 11,000 dinars, with a contrast agent 14,200 dinars.
CT scan of the lumbar spine price is 11,000 dinars, with a contrast agent 14,200 dinars.